Somalia’s Hirshabelle state administration on Monday evening arrested 17 merchants for allegedly meeting with Alshabaab leaders, journalist reviews.

A resident in Jowhar informed Journalist on situation of anonymity that the merchants met with the militants at Gamboole village, 50 kilometres west of Jowhar, the executive capital of Hirshabelle.

They have been arrested at Jowhar city entry Police checkpoint on their approach again.

Experiences say that the merchants went to Gamboole on orders from Alshabaab and that a few of them have notified the native administration of the identical.

Points mentioned within the assembly stays unclear. Hirshabelle authorities haven’t commented on the case.

Final week, Hirshabelle administration in Hiraan area issued a stern warning that motion will probably be taken in opposition to anybody discovered to have sought redress in Alshabaab courts and even travelled to the militant-controlled areas.

Alshabaab controls some elements of Hirshabelle state.